Intel promises 1.6Tbps transfer speed through fibre-optic cables

Intel is ready to release a new breed of fibre-optic cables capable of handling data transfer speeds of up to 1.6TB per cable that are geared towards data centres across the globe.

The new MXC cables have been developed by Intel with a group of partners that includes Corning, US Conec, TE Connectivity and Molex, and allow up to 800Gbps in each direction hence the 1.6TB connectivity boast.

“MXC cables have several advantages over traditional optical connectors besides the 1.6Tbps bandwidth. MXC connectors have fewer parts, are more robust, smaller, and are able to support 64 fibers and with a unique telescoping lens design that is 10 times more resistant to dust,” said Mario Paniccia, general manager of Intel’s Silicon Photonics Operations Organisation. “MXC connectors, coupled with Intel Silicon Photonics, will enable many new data center innovation.”

Data centres are the market being targeted by the new cables and one of the major advantages of using fibre as opposed to copper is that it allows faster speeds over longer distances, Paniccia told Ars Technica.

Intel developed the powerful cables in conjunction with Corning to allow them to support Silicon Photonics transmission technology and those two, along with US Conec, will be among the first companies to sell the new cables.

"MXC cable assemblies have been sampled by Corning to customers and will be in production in Q3 2014," an Intel presentation said. "US Conec announced that it will sell MXC connector parts to Corning and other connector companies."

Microsoft, Huawei, Facebook via the Open Compute Project, Arista and Fujitsu are already reportedly sampling the new cables that will hit mass production later on this year and there is currently no detail on how much the cables will cost.

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